Sunday 25 August 2019

Klopp and Mane back to give Liverpool timely boost

Jurgen Klopp and Sadio Mane. Photo: Getty
Jurgen Klopp and Sadio Mane. Photo: Getty

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp returned to the club's training ground yesterday after being passed fit following a health scare earlier this week.

The Merseyside club are training this afternoon ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting with Southampton, with Klopp able to resume his duties.

Klopp spent much of Wednesday in hospital after reporting ill to the club's medical staff, who insisted he undergo further tests. But he was released within hours, relieved he was not seriously unwell.

The 50-year-old was forced to cancel his appearance at the star-studded premiere for the movie 'Kenny' - a tribute to Kenny Dalglish - which was held in the city on Wednesday evening.

As Klopp's condition improves, so too has that of his squad. It is possible he will have the strongest line-up since he became the Liverpool manager this weekend, with Adam Lallana the latest high-profile player to step up his comeback.

Lallana has not played since pre-season due to a thigh problem, but will be pushing for a place in the squad at least.

Liverpool also saw Philippe Coutinho make his return to action for Brazil during the international break, and despite returning from the Senegal squad early with slight hamstring issue, Sadio Mane is also expected to be available. • Sean Gannon has signed a new three-year deal with Dundalk after they successfully fended off interest from Shamrock Rovers.

The right-back was in demand when his contract expired at the end of the season but Stephen Kenny has convinced the 26-year-old to extend his stay at Oriel Park.

Gannon joined Dundalk ahead of the 2014 season and has been a key part of the side that won three league titles on the trot and enjoyed success in Europe before relinquishing their crown to Cork.

Meanwhile, Sligo Rovers have brought David Cawley back to the club from Galway United, while defender Dan Casey has penned a new contract with Bohemians.

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